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to apply for legal citizenship, something he opposed. >> i will talk about my report. voters could assess donald trump's record. >> what is important to draw extinctions for them. >> they are making a determination who has the experience. who has the knowledge. >> reporter: the candidates have stayed strategically friendly but tonight donald trump is amping up attacks against immigration. if there is a full on fight, it might be on that more than than eligibility. birther attacks have been around since the days of chester arthur, not new to politics or donald trump. >> hallie jackson, thank you. a new crisis for the restaurant chain chipolte after recent scares over e-coli. norovirus has sickened customers and damaged the bottom line. the company revealed today it is the target of a criminal investigation in the very first foodborne illness outbreaks in a restaurant in california last
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customers should know. >> reporter: the news tonight, the denver-based chipolte mexican food chain under grand jury subpoena to turn over internal documents. part of a fda criminal investigation into the events at this restaurant in simi valley, california, last summer where a noro virus outbreak sickened 18 employees and then spread to 189 customers who ate there. >> this is the receipt. >> reporter: among them cindy vasquez and her sister. >> she felt horrible. we were going to the bathroom. had bad chilly. >> reporter: this attorney represents 24 of the customers who became ill. >> most of the time noro virus doesn't require hospitalization. but in this instance, there were several people who i represent who were hospitalized zplnk the fda and u.s. attorney's office will not say what potential criminal matter the grand jury is investigating. most norovirus cases begin when someone who is sick fails to practice good hygiene. the virus could spread fast. but with 207 total
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valley was only the start of chipolte's problems. from october through november at least 58 people sickened across 12 states with various e-coli bacteria linked to products. then in december, 141 students sickened again with the noro virus linked to a chipolte near boston college. >> first i have to say, i'm sorry for the people who got sick. >> reporter: last month, the ceo told matt lauer he's implementing new food safety steps. >> practices that are so far above industry norms today, we'll be the safest place to eat. and that is our commitment. >> today they did not kmenlt on the grand jury investigation but did say december sales are down 30%. the stock falling to a two-year low. down 5% today but down 43% since october. lester. >> tom, thanks. soaking rains fueled by el nino are hammering much of california for a second day. it is triggering a whole new set of problems as millions
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flooding and mudslides. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: on one of southern california's busiest freeways, i-5, you may have had better luck with a boat than a car today. it is not just the rain coming down, the earth is giving way. hills are eroding, threatening to bury homes and highways. communities recently scorched by wildfires, now face rivers of mud. >> we worry. but we've done a lot of preparation. there is a whole bunch of sandbags around the house. >> reporter: tonight 19 million along the california coast face flash flooding. trees are down. the surf is up. storm drains are gushing. the warm waters from el nino helping to fuel a parade of storms. one after another, moving east. it helped trigger the deadly flooding in the midwest. new images along the mississippi river before and after some 150 homes destroyed. for many in
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much, too soon. whipping winds have peeled back roofs. >> it ripped of roof off of three commercial structures and damaged five others. >> reporter: in san diego, 911 is swamped. >> we're getting inundated and our center is taking on heavy volume of calls. >> reporter: rescues, flooding, kayaking down the street. in northern california, they are expecting 15 inches in 16 days. in the mountains, a white-out. two feet of snow. >> make sure you have a full tank of gas in case you get stranded. extra blankets, extra food. you never know. >> reporter: now tonight, more snow, rain and flooding is on the way. with a tornado warning in san diego, and heavy rain here in los angeles, the goal has always been to protect communities downhill. this area was built, this debris basin because this area is prone to mudslides. the mud is already several feet deep but the big question is over the next several
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from hitting the communities just on the other side of us. lester. >> miguel almaguer, thank you. even as he faces charges of sexual assault in pennsylvania, tonight prosecutors in california have declined to file charges against bill cosby over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman at the playboy mansion in 2008. they cited the statute of limitations and insufficient evidence. cosby has been accused by dozens of women, though he maintains his innocence and denied all allegations into a texas state trooper is indicted for perjury for his account of the arrest of sandra bland. a dash cam caught the confrontation between the trooper and sandra bland in july. bland was charged with assault and later found hanged in her jail cell. it was ruled a suicide. but her family has filed a wrongful death suit. the turn to a growing crisis in flint, michigan, over the city's water supply. contaminated by toxic
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poisoning children in the community. tomorrow the governor and the mayor will meet to discuss the new state of emergency imposed months after dangerously high levels of lead were found. nbc's stephanie gosk has new information suggesting health officials could have responded more quickly to people's fears and avert this crisis. >> reporter: everyone who drank the water, an entire u.s. city, is at risk. >> it is just crazy. >> reporter: the most vulnerable in flint are children like ape rell's, 1-year-old kevin has double the level of lead considered acceptable. >> i can't do nothing about it but continue to buy bottle of water with money i don't have. >> reporter: a water quality expert tells nbc news that $100 a day was all it would have taken to avoid the crisis. the river has a high salt content so it corroded the pipes it flows through and that leaked into the system. treatment from the beginning could have collected much of the -- corrected much of the problem.
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never did it. >> the problem began in april of 2014 when they switched from the detroit water supply to save money. in february tests showed alarming levels of lead at a home in the city. and other people worried they were at risk too. nbc news obtained an e-mail from july. the governor's former chief of staff wrote to health officials. these folks are scaried and worried about health impacts and basically getting blown off by us. there were assurances internally that all was fun and that is what the public was being told too. concerned about the drinking watt in flint could relax. >> this pediatrician did not relax. she launched an independent study and discovered that lead levels in children had doubled since the water switch and in some areas of town the levels tripled. will have problems. >> reporter: state and local leaders questioned her science publicly. but would later apologize.
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was switched back to a detroit source in october. lead levels are still high. and grandmother jackie pemberton doesn't want to wait for the fix. she wants to move out. >> do you miss your bath? >> reporter: but like most families in this struggling post industrial town, there are little options. >> who would want to buy our home. >> the problem for the water is just temporary temporary, the problem to the children will last a lifetime. stephanie gosk, nbc news. the only person associated with the san bernardino terror attack has pled non-gaap. enrique marquez has pled not guilty to buying the arms. marquez is a former neighbor and a friend of farook's. still ahead. take a close look. who is she? the mysterious woman the fbi is after for a series of daring jewelry heists across five states. we'll tell you what
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also, they grow up so fast.
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the fbi is on the hunt for a brazen jewelry robber whose crime spree is growing, now spanning five states. the suspect, a woman. who is not trying very hard to hide her identity. nbc's gabe guiterrez on how police are trying to catch her before she strikes again.
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is such a thing as a typical jewelry thief, she isn't it. >> they have a lone female go in is area. >> this is the woman who has stumped the fbi and police. brazen jewelry heist, mostly at outlet malls in full view of surveillance cameras. the latest, this week at a jareds in mebane, north carolina. she wears gloves to conceal fingerprints but no mask. >> her face is exposed. and so that is very unusual to be that bold and to think that you're going to keep getting away with it. >> reporter: police the describe the woman as 5'8", 130 pounds and in the late 20s or early 30s. investigators say she hit up jashlg, florida, tennessee, and north carolina. so far a crime spree totaling more than $4 million. >> i believe this is a part of a larger organization. they are taking items and sending them to -- whether it be new york city or one of the largest cities in the united states. >> reporter: the fbi
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employees using a gun from her handbag and forcing them into a back room and zip taking keys and cleaning out. she often cases the stores beforehand asking about the items she later steals. police are also looking for this man, believed to be an accomplice, who she at times communicated with through an ear piece. >> put on a show for the camera. hopefully that will lead to them getting >> reporter: tonight jewelry stores are on alert and offering a reward for his capture. gabe guiterrez, nbc news. we're back in a moment with late word
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they are trooper sound bound. a latest announcement revealing the baseball hall of fame. and outfielder ken griffey jr. will be inducted with the highest voting percentage ever, 3%. also earning a place in the call, catcher mike piazza. but barry bonds and roger clemens and mark mcgwire fail to get enough votes.
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in fact the strongest it has ever been after just three weeks in theaters, "star wars" the force awakens is the now champ with an astonished $758 million in ticket sales by the end of tuesday. disney said it would pass the avatar $760 million at some point today and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. and it feels like just yesterday he was born. but look who is growing up so fast. the third in line to the british thrown started his first day of nursery school today. mom and dad, the duke and duchess of cambridge sharing adorable snaps of prince george all bundled up and wearing a light blue backpack nearly as big as he is. when we come back, the fever is building with one of the biggest jackpots in
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finally tonight, it has happened again. millions of americans have come down with a serious case of lotto fever. $500 million tonight's powerball jackpot. one of the biggest ever. and that has a lot of people dreaming big. including our own kerry sanders.
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shortage of dreamers tonight. in california, long lines for the very long odds of winning. one in 292, 201, 338. you have a better chance of becoming crushed by an asteroid and becoming president of the united states, being canonized by the pope. >> the odds are crazy, but you might hit it and that is all that counts. >> reporter: at one point today powerball was selling 1300 tickets a second. billboards couldn't keep up with the jackpot. >> 500 million. this is going to be great. >> you haven't won anything. >> i haven't won anything yet. but i'm so happy because i'm going to win. >> reporter: if a single person takes the lump sum winnings after federal taxes the total take home is 229 million. most states would then take a cut, taxing the winnerings at -- winnings as income.
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to charity. got to give it away to get it back. >> you could get 5 million venty lawsuit as from starbucks. 800 astin martins. 353 gulf stream g-150s. >> now if you were the sole winner and you decided to donate all of your money to washington, the jackpot would fund the federal government for slightly more than an hour. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. >> so you are thinking if no one wins tonight, what happens. the powerball will roll over to $675 million. that would be a new record. and that will do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all us at nbc news, thank you for
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it's thursday, january 7th and coming up on "early today," powerball is now a whopping $675 million and growing after no one had all of wednesday's winning numbers. vice president biden reveals a major regret of his career. have you seen this woman? the fbi joins the hunt for the female jewelry thief who has stolen millions. plus more reaction from the white house and round the world on north korea's nuclear test. china's tanking stock market is having a huge impact at home. and inspiring king james to new new heights. "early today" starts right now. and good morning everyone. thanks for being with us. no jackpot winner. that is the word on last night's 450
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no one matched all six numbers. with the powerball 17 in the sixth largest jackpot prize ever offered in north america. it will now roll over to an estimated $625 million and growing. it will be the largest lottery jackpot in u.s. history. so, if you don't see me on monday, probably just because i have a dentist appointment and not because i won. chances are slim. your luck may not be any better if you're invested in stocks. trading was halted after shares plunged more than 7% and did not reopen. this marks the second time this week as stocks fell to three month lows. the drop is mostly due to the chinese central bank's decision to keep the money low.
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on fear that the yen may rapidly decrease even more. after hours trading on u.s. markets are down sharply. the dow is down ruffle oughly 1 1/2%. right now another el nino storm burying roadways with flood water and mud. the rain is much needed in the rain panch rched west. >> reporter: in southern california heavy rain turned freeways into waterways. cars and trucks navigated i-5. more than 19 million californias face the threat of severe weather. near san diego a woman had to be rescued from her car while one travelled by paddle board. 911 has been swamped. >> we're inundated. >> reporter: in other communities, mud slides.
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>> we worry but we've dub one a lot of preparation. >> reporter: further inland, winds were strong enough to blow back windows and peal back roofs. >> there was a big thump and then we heard moving around. >> reporter: in northern california, snow. drivers have been warned to be careful and prepared. >> make sure you a full tank of gas, extra blankets, extra food. you never know. >> reporter: all of this weather blamed on el nino. the warm water has whipped up a steady storms from west to east. forecasters say there may not be a break in the water until friday and another storm system could arrive this weekend. for the first time after dozens of unsuccessful attempts, congress has sent an obama repeal bill to the desk.
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clear he'll veto but is this still a victory for republicans? >> reporter: this is something they've been trying to do for years. dozens of time the house has voted. what made the difference this time is that the senate went along. listen to what house speaker paul ryan had to say about why they're claiming this as a victory. >> reporter: >> we are confronting the president with the hard, honest truth, obama care doesn't work. the people deserve a truly patient centered health care system and ultimately this is going to require a republican president. >> reporter: and that's why ultimately this is a very political issue. there is a the president will veto. and it comes back to capital hill where neither the house or senate have enough votes to .
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democrats argued and where do we go from f the year, republicans have promised to unveil a new health plan but it's unlikely it will get a votent obama is out of office. >> tracie, thank you. the birther issue is back. defending himself about whether he's actually eligible to run for president. he was born in calgary in his mom was an american citizen, making kroousz e cruz one too. trufrm has trump has used the birther argument before. and they call it ironic that gop voters could eventually cruz and senator john mccain has doubts and he was born in a u.s. territory in panama. >> yeah, i was on a
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that's different from being born
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